STARKVILLE, Miss. » Renardo Sidney’s staying. Elgin Bailey’s going.
That’s the aftermath of a nationally televised brawl between two Mississippi State basketball players in the stands during the Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 23. The fight embarrassed the program and caused both players to be suspended indefinitely.
Both players were reinstated, according to an MSU release yesterday. But while Sidney remains with the program, Bailey has "asked to be released from the team in order to transfer."
Sidney, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, missed more than a year because of NCAA eligibility issues. He has played in only two career games, averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Bailey, a 6-foot-8 junior and team captain, played in 12 games this season, averaging 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds.
"Elgin told me of his plans to transfer, and I wish him the best as he moves on," MSU coach Rick Stansbury said in a statement. "He’s worked extremely hard for us during his time here.
"As for this team, it’s time to move on and learn from these mistakes."
This isn’t Sidney’s first brush with discipline with the Bulldogs. Just days before the fight, he was suspended for a game after an "incident" during practice.
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No. 16 Texas A&M 66, Nicholls State 55
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No. 17 Kansas State 96, Savannah State 61
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No. 18 Michigan State 65, Northwestern 62
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